The Francis Poulenc Academy

Established in 1996 in Tours on the initiative of the great baritone and teacher François Le Roux, with the support of the city, the State and local authorities, the Francis Poulenc Academy is more than anything a place of learning, but also of exploration, exchange and creation dedicated to French Mélodie.

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About the Academy

The Francis Poulenc Academy is dedicated to teaching the full range of skills required to perform French melody, exploring both its musical and literary dimensions. In addition, it acts as a center for the dissemination of this art through concerts.

Within our Academy, we cultivate an environment where exchanges are encouraged and where connections between members of the artistic community are strengthened. Students benefit from personalized support from our teachers, who are committed to sharing their know-how and guiding each student in their musical journey.

Today it is an international reference offering young aspiring artists, singers and pianists from France and around the world, the opportunity to improve in the interpretation of this delicate art which unites the great names of poetry and music . The Academy is considered one of the first in the world in this repertoire, providing very high-level teaching, supervised by renowned professors in exceptional conditions.


Melody is in fact studied in all its dimensions: singing, piano, poetry, composition, interpretation, stage approach as well as postural balance. The resource center, associated with the Academy, brings together more than 30,000 scores for artists and musicologists.

Key Figures

512 +

International Applicants

674 +

Artists Trained

26 +

Artists This Summer

28 +

years of training

Honorary Committee

soprano

ELLY AMELING

composer

KAROL BEFFA

founder of Toulouse Mélodie Française

JEAN-JACQUES CUBAYNES

Pianist

GUSTAV DJUPSJÖBÄCKA

soprano

VÉRONIQUE GENS

composer

PHILIPPE HERSANT

pianist

GRAHAM JOHNSON

soprano

FELICITY LOTT

pianist

ROGER VIGNOLES

pianist

IRWIN GAGE †

Honorary President of the CIMF-ACFP

ROSINE SERINGE †

French Academy

JEAN-PIERRE ANGREMY †

Composer

HENRI DUTILLEUX †

soprano

DENISE DUVAL †

Baritone

JACQUES JANSEN †

Baritone

BERNARD KRUYSEN †

composer & pianist

NOËL LEE †

Founding President of the Francis Poulenc Academy

FRANÇOIS LESURE †

soprano

MADY MESPLÉ †

Founder of the Cleveland Art Song Festival

GEORGE VASSOS †

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